GEPL - GEOGRAPHY AND PLANNING

Department of Geography & Planning (ARS)


GEPL - 1010 HUMAN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] Presentations of major approaches to geographic thought: the natural environment, regional studies, human ecology, development issues and spatial interrelationships. (not for major credit)


GEPL - 1100 ENVIRONMENTAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] While gaining a fundamental understanding of the world's physical environment, students explore issues regarding humanity's interaction with the earth. Current issues such as global warming, acid rain, ozone depletion, deforestation, and desertification are addressed. (not for major credit)


GEPL - 2030 CULTURAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] A learning-through-writing course. Systematic applications of the concept of cultural to geographic themes: culture areas, cultural landscapes, culture history, cultural ecology and cultural diversity.


GEPL - 2040 WORLD REGIONAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] The course examines the geographical distribution of urban, cultural, economic and demographic phenomena in several contrasting regions of the world.


GEPL - 2400 GEOGRAPHIC TECHNIQUES
[3 hours] Introduction to geographic methodology and techniques with an emphasis on development of skills in assembling, processing, analyzing and displaying geographical data. Prerequisite: GEPL 1010 and 1100


GEPL - 2980 SELECTED TOPICS IN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] Explores a topic representing a contemporary and significant issue of interest to geographers, the study of which reveals appropriate geographical principles, concepts and methodologies.


GEPL - 3030 GEOGRAPHY OF EUROPE
[3 hours] A detailed study of several regions. Special consideration of agriculture, industry and commerce from a regional viewpoint. Russia excluded.


GEPL - 3050 GEOGRAPHY OF U.S. AND CANADA
[3 hours] Systematic and regional survey of physical, social and economic geography of the region. Emphasis on the region with respect to worldwide/continental problems and prospects in economic development, management of resources and population adjustment.


GEPL - 3120 GEOGRAPHY OF ASIA
[3 hours] Compares and contrasts physical and human aspects of Asian countries and peoples in relation to economic development.


GEPL - 3160 PATTERNS OF WORLD DEVELOPMENT
[3 hours] An examination of contemporary global economic patterns and trends. Compares and contrasts population problems; the diffusion of multinational corporations, and the emergence of post-industrial economies.


GEPL - 3220 GEOGRAPHY OF AFRICA
[3 hours] Course is crosslisted as AFST 3220. Course begins with a general overview of Africa's physical environment, its colonial history and its people and cultures. It then examines a variety of themes associated with development, population, urban and political geography.


GEPL - 3300 GEOGRAPHY OF CENTRAL & SOUTH AMERICA
[3 hours] Survey and analysis of the physical and cultural characteristics of Central and South America, including Mexico and the West Indies.


GEPL - 3410 CARTOGRAPHY
[4 hours] The presentation of cartographic principles and laboratory practice in the use of drafting equipment and in the construction of maps.


GEPL - 3440 POPULATION GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] A learning through writing course. Space and place facets of population size, growth, migration, distribution and composition with emphasis on the population trends and patterns in both developing and developed nations.


GEPL - 3460 GEOGRAPHY OF HOUSING
[3 hours] An examination of the spatial dynamics and socioeconomic problems associated with housing submarkets in the US and in selected countries. Innovative policies for neighborhoods, communities and cities are reviewed.


GEPL - 3540 WEATHER AND CLIMATE
[3 hours] A survey analysis of meteorology and climatology. The physical processes of weather and the pattern of climate provide the basis for this course.


GEPL - 3550 PHYSICAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] The development, characteristics and distribution of landforms, soils, vegetation, water resources and climates are presented.


GEPL - 3610 CONSERVATION AND RESOURCES
[3 hours] An examination of the basic philosophies, principles and ethics of conservation and resource use. Case studies of selected resource management and environmental problems


GEPL - 3650 INDUSTRIAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] An introduction to industrial geography; including industrial location theory, competing production systems, and shifts from manufacturing to service-based economies.


GEPL - 3710 URBAN ENVIRONMENTS
[3 hours] Social, political and economic functions of cities. Geographic perspectives on land use, residential and consumer behavior, health care, recreation and criminal justice systems in contemporary and future cities.


GEPL - 3750 TRANSPORTATION GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] The role of transportation and communication in the economic development of places. Theories of geographic interaction, location of transport routes and the developmental implications of transport investments are explored.


GEPL - 3810 POLITICAL GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] An examination of geopolitical and geostategic issues at the nation-state and international level.


GEPL - 3840 GEOGRAPHIC PERCEPTION: INFLUENCE
[3 hours] Geographic Perception: Influences of Arts. Explores writers' and artists' portrayals of distant locales, and how these interpretations have influenced the decisions of immigrants and nations.


GEPL - 3860 GENDER ISSUES IN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] Traces the development and institutionalization of gender roles and how these influence spatial decisions and the formation of perceptual landscapes.


GEPL - 3890 GEOGRAPHIC RESEARCH & NATURAL DISASTERS
[3 hours] Analysis and evaluation of all types of natural disasters within a geographic framework. Some discussion of physical processes, but focus is on social/economic implications of natural hazards and disasters on a worldwide scale.


GEPL - 3900 ENVIRONMENTAL PLANNING
[3 hours] GEPL 1100, 3550 or 3540 recommended. Explores history, goals, methods, ethics and social dilemmas encountered when trying to achieve environmentally sensitive planning. Presents case studies of environmental planning successes and failures, both within and outside the US.


GEPL - 4180 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
[3 hours] Advanced applications in geographic information systems (GIS) with an emphasis on advanced GIS analysis techniques, Global Positioning System applications in GIS, database design, and a survey of vector- and raster-based GIS software and databases. Prerequisite: GEPL 4510


GEPL - 4490 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT
[3 hours] Introduction to theory, methods and techniques used to gather and analyze remote sensor data. Topics range from low altitude air photo interpretation through satellite image acquisition. Recommended: GEPL 3350.


GEPL - 4500 DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS
[3 hours] Explores digital image analysis techniques such as classification and principle component analysis. Terrestrial and coastal applications of satellite image analysis are performed in intensive laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: GEPL 4490


GEPL - 4510 INTRODUCTION TO G-I-S
[3 hours] The use of the computer for producing maps which depict spatially disposed quantitative and qualitative data. The programs used are suited to a broad range of applications and are provided with numerous options to meet varying requirements. Prerequisite: GEPL 3410


GEPL - 4530 PRINCIPLES OF URBAN PLANNING
[3 hours] An introduction to planning theory. the planner's role in land use regulation economic development, housing and social service delivery is reviewed.


GEPL - 4600 URBAN DESIGN
[3 hours] Concepts and procedures for the organization, design and development of public and private urban forms and spaces at the micro level, including a survey of intraurban elements, cultural, ecological and aesthetic considerations, and interdisciplinary collaboration.


GEPL - 4890 FIELD EXPERIENCE
[3 hours] Personal explorations of urban space and place emphasizing an array of practical and ethical issues in the collection and interpretation of primary geographic data.


GEPL - 4900 PROSEMINAR IN GEOGRAPHY
[3 hours] Prerequisite: 6 hours in geography and consent of instructor. Specified courses numbers 4901-99 as yet undetermined.


GEPL - 4910 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 4 hours] Prerequisite: Consent of instructor


GEPL - 4920 DIRECTED READINGS IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 3 hours] Prerequisite: Consent of the instructor


GEPL - 4960 HONORS THESIS IN GEOGRAPHY
[4 hours]


GEPL - 5490 REMOTE SENSING OF THE ENVIRONMENT
[3 hours] Immersion in theory, methods, and techniques used to gather and analyze remote sensor data. Topics range from low altitude air photo interpretation through satellite image acquisition. Recommended GEPL 3550.


GEPL - 5500 DIGITAL IMAGE ANALYSIS
[3 hours] Explores digital image analysis techniques such as classification and principal components analysis. Terrestrial and coastal applications of satellite image analysis are performed in intensive laboratory sessions. Prerequisite: GEPL 4490 or 5490


GEPL - 5510 INTRODUCTION TO G-I-S
[3 hours] The use of the computer for producing maps which depict spatially disposed quantitative data. The programs used are suited to a broad range of applications and provided with numerous options to meet varying requirements. Focus on advanced techniques. Prerequisite: GEPL 3410


GEPL - 5530 PRINCIPLES OF URBAN PLANNING
[3 hours] Elaborations on planning theory. The planner's role in land use regulation, economic development, housing and social service delivery is reviewed.


GEPL - 5600 URBAN DESIGN
[3 hours] Concepts and procedures for the organization, design and development of public and private urban forms and spaces at the micro-level, including a survey of intraurban elements, cultural, ecological and aesthetic considerations, historic preservation, and interdisciplinary collaboration. Research project required.


GEPL - 5890 FIELD EXPERIENCE
[3 hours] Personal explorations of urban space and place emphasizing an array of practical and ethical issues in the collection and interpretation of primary geographic data.


GEPL - 5910 DIRECTED RESEARCH IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 3 hours] Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor


GEPL - 5920 DIRECTED READINGS IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 3 hours] Prerequisite: Consent of Instructor


GEPL - 6100 PHILOSOPHY & GENERAL METHODOLOGY
[3 hours] Past and current trends in geographic thought and related methodological implications, with elaborations by current faculty members.


GEPL - 6150 SEMINAR IN RESEARCH METHODS
[3 hours] A computer-based course in geographic research methodology. The course includes an introduction to research design, data measurement, spatial sampling and multivariate approaches to the study of areal networks and spatial distributions.


GEPL - 6160 SEMINAR IN SPATIAL ANALYSIS
[3 hours] A computer-based laboratory course in multivariate spatial analysis methodologies. The course includes the study of spatial graphics and mapping, computerized regionalization, areal forecasting and predictive modeling techniques. Prerequisite: GEPL 6150


GEPL - 6180 GEOGRAPHIC INFORMATION SYSTEMS APPLICATIONS
[3 hours] Advanced applications in geographic information systems (GIS) with an emphasis on advanced GIS analysis techniques, Global Positioning System applications in GIS, database design, and a survey of vector- and raster-based GIS software and databases. Research project required.


GEPL - 6190 ADV GEOGRAPHIC INFO SYS SEMINAR
[3 hours] Course provides an advanced learning and applications in construction and use of geographic information systems. Topics studied include computer graphics and mapping. Prerequisite: GEPL 6180


GEPL - 6300 SEMINAR IN RESOURCE MANAGEMENT
[3 hours] Intensive group study of major themes in the resource management literature. Primary emphasis is placed on individual student research projects oriented toward resource management problems.


GEPL - 6400 SEMINAR/ENVIRONMENTAL PERCEPTION
[3 hours] Explores current research in environmental perception/behavioral geography. Addresses how environmental perception (or, cognition) affects the way people respond to and interact with their surroundings.


GEPL - 6530 SEMINAR-URBAN/REGIONAL PLANNING APPLICATIONS
[3 hours] The course applies forecasting and projection techniques to urban and regional problems. Population, economic base, land use, retail and fiscal impact analyses are examined


GEPL - 6550 SEMINAR IN ENVIRONMENT PLANNING
[3 hours] Intensive group study of major goals and methodologies of environmental planning. Major emphasis is placed upon individual student research projects oriented toward specific environmental planning problems.


GEPL - 6570 SEMINAR IN NEIGHBORHOOD REVITALIZATION
[3 hours] Intensive group study of major themes in the revitalization of urban neighborhoods, both residential and commercial. Major emphasis is placed upon individual residential and commercial. Major emphasis is placed upon individual student research projects oriented toward specific revitalization problems.


GEPL - 6580 URBAN DEVELOPMENT AND HOUSING
[3 hours] Course examines the changing land use and functions of metropolitan regions. City suburban linkages, urban restructuring, urban policy and metropolitan planning issues are examined.


GEPL - 6590 SEMINAR-HEALTH CARE SYSTEM DESIGN
[3 hours] A seminar in theoretical and applied location issues related to medical geography and health care delivery systems. Emphasis is placed on the allocation of services to meet the geographic distribution of health needs.


GEPL - 6700 TEACHING PRACTICUM IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 6 hours] Methods of teaching geography in a university of college setting. Supervision of labs or discussion


GEPL - 6910 PROBLEMS IN GEOGRAPHY
[1 - 2 hours] The course is used to search for a thesis topic prior to formal admittance as a M.A candidate.


GEPL - 6930 GENERAL SEMINAR
[3 hours] Prerequisite: 6 hrs in geography and consent of instructor. Specified courses numbered 6931-99 as yet determined


GEPL - 6940 INTERNSHIP IN PLANNING
[1 - 6 hours] Professional work experience with a Greater Toledo planning organization related to academic education.


GEPL - 6960 THESIS
[1 - 12 hours] Work on a thesis is the culmination of graduate education and occupies most of the second year.

Last Updated: 5/5/14